The Astana Cycling Team Fires Back
Alberto Contador lived up to expectations by winning the 2008 Giro d’Italia. The 25-year-old Team Astana rider is the second Spanish rider in history to win this three-week stage race. Contador finished 11th in the 21st stage, an individual time trial from Cesano Maderno to Milano over 28.5 K, 39 seconds behind Italian TT champion Marco Pinotti (Team High Road). Contador’s main rival Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval), on the eve of the last day second in the general classification, 4 seconds behind Contador, lost 1 minute and 53 seconds.
we ran the race. We waited, raced into form, and now we see him atop the podium in Milan!”
“This year has been very interesting to me and Team Astana. Coming off of multiple years before when we won the Tour de France with our formula, we have now had to face a lot of adversity and challenge upon challenge in 2008. And yet here we are, with 16 victories this year, as well as the #1 and the #3 finishers in the most recent Tour de France. And now we have won the Giro d'Italia in a true team effort, with Alberto Contador leading the way. Where do we go from here? Regrettably we do not have much say in that decision. But wherever it is, know this: we will come to win, period.”